THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

THE CITY OF LIGHTS

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life." Thomas Jefferson

Paris never stops, and Hôtel de Crillon is the city’s heartbeat. Discover all the capital has to offer, whether you are into culture, arts, shopping, gastronomy or endless strolls.

SHOPPING

Démodé

What is the common thread between the concept store Merci and the kid’s clothing brand Bonpoint? If you answered the woman behind them, Marie-France Cohen, you would be spot-on. Eschewing short-lived fads and the dictates of fashion, she has launched a new brand of timeless objects on sale in a pop-up store just across from the Musée Maillol. Her collection includes unique items created in collaboration with artists and designers: cushions, ceramics, dishes, perfumes, paper, jewellery, and more!

70 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris Until February 2018.

Maison Père

Unrelentingly neo-vintage, nonchalant in its elegance, and painstakingly detail-oriented, Camille Omerin’s fashion label is without a doubt one of the most promising prospects of the moment. To be sure not to miss out on anything in her collections, head over to her cosy boutique, which just opened its doors a stone’s throw from the prestigious big-name luxury boutiques on Rue Saint-Honoré. While you are in the neighbourhood, make sure to stop for a cup of tea in Sébastien Gaudard’s tea room.

1 Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris


Absolution

Already celebrated for its certified organic products, this French brand of beauty products has set up shop in an oh-so-cosy boutique near the Saint-Martin canal. It’s the perfect occasion to get your hands on some of the brand’s star products, such as their Anti-Soif intense moisturising serum and Nettoyant Pureté cleansing make-up remover. They also offer an extra perk: a spa cabin for with face and body treatments specifically created for the purpose.

30 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris

BON APPÉTIT

Eels

The name of this restaurant comes from the chef’s star ingredient, freshwater eels. Served smoked with liquorice beurre-noisette, this fish is given pride of place in the signature recipes served at Adrien Ferrand’s restaurant (formerly the Kitchen Galerie Bis). Within walking distance of the grand boulevards, the young Ferrand serves up creative dishes that are far from short on panache (foie gras, sesame and corn purée, grilled duck breast and duck leg confit, candied apple and quince). The finest in gourmet bistrot cuisine.

27 Rue d’Hauteville, 75010 Paris

Café Foufou

If breakfast is your favourite meal of the day, this is sure to be your new go-to spot. From 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., all the simple pleasures of breakfast – bread and jam, French toast, granola, pancakes, avocado toast, and fresh juice – are served up fresh at this coffee shop located in the Oberkampf district just behind the Cirque d’Hiver. Special mention goes to the Congo Kivu coffee – which you won’t find anywhere else. Two concept stores await you just across the street: Mukasa and We are Paris.

10 Rue Oberkampf, 75010 Paris

La Meringaie

Did you know? The pavlova is named after the Russian dancer Anna Pavlova. Made of meringue, whipped cream, and fresh fruit, this legendary dessert is given pride of place in this meringue-obsessed bakery with locations on either side of the Seine. Whether it’s seasonal recipes or custom creations, you’ll be sure to fall head over heels.

21 Rue de Lévis, 75017 Paris

41 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris

LIFESTYLE

“Women House”: Feminism Takes Over at Monnaie de Paris

Louise Bourgeois, Joana Vasconcelos, Niki de Saint Phalle, Cindy Sherman…all told, 39 twentieth- and twenty-first-century female artists have taken up residence inside and outside of the Monnaie de Paris for an exhibition centred around a single unifying question: what is the relationship between women and the home? This exciting exhibition sheds light on one of today’s key social issues.

“Women House”, until January 28, 2018 at the Monnaie de Paris.

Camille Henrot’s Desk Diary, at the Palais de Tokyo

For her Carte Blanche exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, French artist Camille Henrot, who lives in New York, has chosen to question our relationship with time by delving into the notion of the week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday…every day brings a new dose of reflection constructed around her own works of art and those of her friends (David Horvitz, Nancy Lupo). The question is sure to give rise to debate: is a set routine reassuring, or does it strip human beings of what makes them free and unique? Tomorrow is a new day! Be sure to stop and have a coffee at the Readymade coffee shop, located directly on site.

“Carte Blanche to Camille Henrot: Days are Dogs”, until January 7, 2018 at the Palais de Tokyo

Photo Shoot at the Grand Palais

This month, the Grand Palais will play host to the 21st annual Paris Photo international art fair, the world’s largest dedicated solely to photography. It is a not-to-be-missed event for enthusiasts and those just curious about photography. Paris Photo will showcase 180 galleries and publishers, in addition to discussions led by guest artists, curators, and critics. Looking for a bite to eat? Head over to the Mini Palais, a restaurant with Eric Frechon at the helm.

Paris Photo, from November 9 to 12, 2017 au Grand Palais 

FAMILY AFFAIR

Arty Family: Workshops for Aspiring Artists

In this gallery on the banks of the Saint-Martin Canal, the youngest artist on display is only 5 years old! Claire, an independent art curator, and her team introduce children to the world of art, whether it is through art-history courses, studying works of art, or creative workshops (watercolour, charcoal, pastels, etc.). A fun way to learn about a subject that at first glance can seem complicated.

49 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris Information and Registration: http://www.artyfamily.com

The Petit Prince Shop

A shop straight out of the world of dreams. The hero created by the mind of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry now has a new home in a shop just opened in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. Snow globes, bibs, pens, piggy banks, iPhone cases, and stuffed foxes are just some of the objects that for young and old alike can take home as a souvenir of the fantastical universe of this world-famous literary creation.

8 Rue Grégoire du Tours, 75006 Paris

Quintessence: The Enchanting New Show from Alexis Gruss

Witness a perfect back-and-forth between 40 horses and the show’s acrobats. During 2 1/2 hours, show-goers are treated to breath-taking performances and spectacular scenes, accompanied by a live orchestra inside Alexis Gruss’s marquee. This unique equestrian show, which also features high-flying acrobatic feats of virtuosity, showcases the talent of the Gruss family and the Farfadais circus troupe.

Quintessence, until 4 March 2018, Alexis Gruss’s marquee. Booking at https://www.alexis-gruss.com

ONLY IN PARIS

Watch a Virtual Reality Film at the Forum des Images

The experience is quite simply stunning. Seated on a swivelling chair with a virtual reality headset firmly atop your head, viewers are thrown head-first into the action. Filmed and played in 360°, short VR films give you the chance to see a scene from every angle. Scheduled until November 25th, VR Saturdays offer viewers hand-curated programming.

Forum des Halles, 2 Rue du Cinéma, 75001 Paris. Information and booking at https://www.diversioncinema.com Until 25 November

Motorcycles or Hats: The Workshops at La Fabrique Générale

Will it be motorcycles, or will it be hats? Located in a former mirror factory with 300 m2 (3,200 sq. ft.), La Fabrique Générale offers true variety: motorcycle-repair workshops are featured alongside hat-making workshops held by the team at La Cerise sur le Chapeau. All that’s left is to choose your side. No matter your choice, workshops are held in small groups, with a laid-back atmosphere served with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

bis Rue Léon Cosnard, 75007 Paris. Information and Registration: https://lafabriquegenerale.com

Les Vignerons Parisiens: Visit a Paris Wine Producer

Creating a real wine-producing cellar in the heart of the French capital? A bold move indeed! And the gamble has paid off for this rarest of finds, which produces its own wine in the Marais district. Using grapes harvested in the Rhone Valley, Les Vignerons Parisiens make and bottle wine directly on site. Set aside 1 hour and 15 minutes for a guided tour of the facilities, followed – of course – by a wine tasting!

55 Rue de Turbigo, 75003 Paris. Information and Registration: http://www.lesvignerons.paris

FIRST TIME IN PARIS

Breakfast at Café de Flore’s terrace

This is the one experience that everyone has to live at least once in Paris. When Paris awakens, there reigns a very singular atmosphere. Wait until the server comes to see you. Order a croissant, buttered bread, a squeezed orange juice, a good coffee and admire the show. Among the parade of regular customers, business meetings and interviews with personalities, it is not uncommon to meet familiar faces. Just thinking that Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Picasso and Sonia Rykiel had their habits here, your breakfast takes on another legendary dimension.
172, boulevard Saint-Germain 75006

Climb to the roof of Galeries Lafayette and enjoy the view

While most people know that the department store is a popular shopping destination, few are aware of its rooftop. Located on the 7th floor, it is freely accessible for a souvenir selfie or a snack and has the Eiffel Tower and the Opera in line of sight. While a Mediterranean restaurant and a bar await this summer, it is always possible to come with your own sandwich or a box of Pierre Hermé macaroons that you could grab on the 1st floor of the Dome! Now admire the breathtaking view!
40, boulevard Haussmann 75009

Have an Apéritif Like a Real Parisian

The apéritif is serious business in Paris! A special moment after work, and in theory before dinner, it isn’t all that rare for it to go on a bit longer than required. It should be pointed out that some places have modified their offering, serving up enticing dishes to pair with a glass of fine wine or a refreshing cocktail. Here is a non-exhaustive list of “foodie bars” where Parisians like to get together to celebrate the start of the evening: Frenchie Bar à Vins (6 Rue du Nil, 2nd arrondissement), Freddy’s (54 Rue de Seine, 6th arrondissement), L’Entrée des Artistes (32 Rue Victor Masse, 9th arrondissement), La Cave à Michel (36 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 10th arrondissement), Aux deux Amis (45 Rue Oberkampf, 11th arrondissement), Bistrot Paul Bert (18 Rue Paul Bert, 11th arrondissement). Cheers!